Emancipation Day

Christmas was a mixed blessing for many African Americans during slavery times. On the one hand, many plantation slaves received GIFTS, time off, extra food rations, and visiting privileges (see SLAVES’ CHRISTMAS).


Many Americans celebrate the CHRISTMAS SEASON by imbibing a curious mixture of beaten eggs, spirits, and spices known as eggnog. This drink dates back to the colonial era. In those days, people sometimes called rum “grog.”